Name // St George’s University Hospital Trust

Type of Build // Existing Hospital Refurbishment

Location // London

Products installed// BGB Integral Blinds

 

Introduction

The Interventional Radiology (IR) department is internationally renowned for its expertise and offers a wide range of vascular and non-vascular minimally invasive image guided procedures.

 

Project

As part of the wider regeneration of the St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, a complex refurbishment of the existing IR Department was required. The brief was to redevelop the existing offices within the department in order to provide six new bays for patients. The clean bright spaces are dedicated to patients before and after their IR procedures, and will improve care for the thousands who undergo interventional radiology procedures at the Trust every year.

Due to the recent COVID-19 safeguards in frontline healthcare environments, each new recovery bay was fitted with sliding glass Flo-motion doors.  The doors act as a physical barrier and key infection control agent, ensuring recovering patients are kept separated. Each bay was required to have integrated blinds set within the windows and sliding doors for privacy and light management.

Dr Robert Morgan, Consultant Interventional Radiologist and Clinical Director for Diagnostics at the Trust, said:

“This is a really great addition to our facilities in the interventional radiology department. The facility will be able to accommodate as many as six patients at any one time – and it provides a much better environment for patients about to undergo a procedure, and more importantly, a modern, state of the art facility in which they can recover. This is an exciting development for both staff and patients.”

BetweenGlassBlinds

Working with door supplier Axis Entrance Systems, BetweenGlassBlinds supplied the project with 12 integral blind sets. The blinds were required to be tilt only magnetic operation and glazed with 6.4mm laminate safety glass to both sides. For half of the installations, the magnets were single side operation, while the remaining units were able to be operated from both sides– a system which BetweenGlassBlinds offers exclusively to the UK market.

BGB Managing Director Mark Nash said, “We are pleased to have been a part of this project. The final result is a bright and welcoming atmosphere, where patients can recover securely and safely.  Our blinds provide a sleek and stylish solution to the practical issue of infection control. They also need no maintenance, so are perfect for the busy hospital environment.

Photo Credits: Hunters Architects